In A-Fib Patients, Stroke Risk Higher for Blacks Than Whites

Share this content:
In A-Fib Patients, Stroke Risk Higher for Blacks Than Whites
In A-Fib Patients, Stroke Risk Higher for Blacks Than Whites

WEDNESDAY, Feb. 21, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Compared with whites, blacks are at increased risk of developing an ischemic stroke either before or after diagnosis of atrial fibrillation (AF), according to a study published online Feb. 20 in Heart Rhythm.

Parin J. Patel, M.D., from St. Vincent Medical Group in Indianapolis, and colleagues assessed racial differences in strokes that occurred before and after AF diagnosis among 3,507 participants in the Penn Atrial Fibrillation Free study.

The researchers found that 538 patients had ischemic strokes and 54 had hemorrhagic strokes. Among the ischemic strokes, 47 percent occurred within a six-month period before the diagnosis of AF, with the majority of these occurring either on the day of (n = 158) or within a seven-day period before (n = 30) the diagnosis of incident AF. The remaining 53 percent of ischemic strokes occurred a median of 3.6 years after AF diagnosis. Blacks had an independently higher risk of having an ischemic stroke either before (adjusted odds ratio, 1.37) or after (adjusted hazard ratio, 1.67) AF diagnosis compared to whites.

"Future public health interventions should continue to highlight the importance of AF screening and anticoagulation therapies and evaluate whether such interventions can reduce the excess burden of ischemic strokes and subsequent racial differences," the authors write.

Abstract/Full Text (subscription or payment may be required)
Editorial (subscription or payment may be required)

Share this content:

is free, fast, and customized just for you!




Already a member?

Sign In Now »

Trending Activities

All Professions

Drug Lookup

Browse drugs by: BrandGenericDisease

More in Home

CDC: Progress in HIV Prevention Has Stalled in the United States

CDC: Progress in HIV Prevention Has Stalled in ...

Agency says effective HIV prevention, treatment not reaching those who could most benefit

AAAAI: Egg Oral Immunotherapy Shows Sustained Benefit in Children

AAAAI: Egg Oral Immunotherapy Shows Sustained Benefit in ...

All children with sustained unresponsiveness ingested concentrated and baked egg

Prenatal Vitamin Intake in Early Pregnancy May Cut Autism Risk

Prenatal Vitamin Intake in Early Pregnancy May Cut ...

ASD risk down for children whose mothers took prenatal vitamins during first month of pregnancy

is free, fast, and customized just for you!




Already a member?

Sign In Now »